Smithsonian Women in Food History
Toni Tipton-Martin, one of the women subjects at the Smithsonian Women in Food History event.
On February 1, 2022, the Smithsonian Institution hosted the Black Women in Food History edit-a-thon, in conjunction with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, a multiyear undertaking to document, research, collect, display, and share the history of women in the United States.
The event had contributions from more than 20 editors adding more than 5,000 words and creating six new articles, according to dashboard statistics.
The opening talk was from historian Ashley Rose Young from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History , and had a Q&A with Joanne Hyppolite  and Angela Tate , curators at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Kelly Doyle and Andrew Lih led the editing session by showing how to add infoboxes and improving articles on Paola Velez, Cleora Butler and Toni Tipton-Martin.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Afrofuturism Edit-a-thon
On February 5, 2022, The Met Museum had an online edit-a-thon and meetup to improve content around Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room, which debuted in November 2021. As part of Black History Month, the event featured Met staffers Ian Alteveer, Aaron I. Fleischman Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, and
Ana Matisse Donefer-Hickie, Research Associate, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, along with wiki community members Sherry Antoine, executive director of AfroCROWD, and Eliza Myrie, Wikimedia Director of Black Lunch Table. Editing was led by Jennie Choi, Andrew Lih, and Richard Knipel.
The two-hour virtual meetup had between 50 and 100 live participants, with the video streamed to the Met's Facebook and YouTube channels, registering around 9,000 total viewers.
Focus was on building out topics related to Afrofuturism and Seneca Village, as well as improving various artist and cultural articles. Following the live event, mutual support was provided on a dedicated Discord channel for the remainder of the month.
The exhibit includes this stoneware jar (c. 1797-1819) by Thomas Commeraw
, a free Black potter. It bears the mark of his Corlears Hook
studio in Lower Manhattan
New articles started:
Future work will engage with the Afrofuturist Teen Advisory Council over the course of 2022.
Wikimedia Foundation CEO Maryana Iskander visits Washington D.C.
Maryana Iskander of Wikimedia Foundation visits Washington, D.C.
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